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garyf
February 13, 2017, 10:16am Report to Moderator

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A link copied from the TSSC Site showing some photo's of the Canley Factory.

Fascinating stuff

http://www.coventrytelegraph.net/news/history/former-triumph-standard-staff-appeal-12585301
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February 13, 2017, 10:42am Report to Moderator

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More pics here: https://goo.gl/kac0Lc


Alessandro Maschi

Triumph In Italy

1964 Spitfire 4 (sold)
1966 Spitfire Mk2 (running)
1967 Vitesse 2L Convertible (sold)
1969 GT6 Mk2 (running)
1975 Spitfire 1500 (sold)
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JohnD
February 13, 2017, 1:45pm Report to Moderator


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As I posted on TSSC page, this is a posed picture.
Why? There is another Herald on the line behind it!

But commemoratyive picturezx from Canley were often posed.  Even  in authratative books.   I know, because I've researched The Last Spitfire, and have a copy of the real Last Spitfire, taken on the order of a line manager, a The Management had taken no steps to re ordx the event.   It shows a car that is clearly NOT the car preserved at Haydon, its the wrong colour, even in B&W, and its LHD!!!

John


Serial Vitesse racer.

Old Blue.  1995-2001
Silverback. 2001-2007
SofS. 2007 - to date.

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marktheherald
February 13, 2017, 1:53pm Report to Moderator


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Why? There is another Herald on the line behind it!
Looks more like a GT6 to me...


13/60 (1500 o/d) Estate

Eastbourne. E.Sussex.

     FABRICATI DIEM, PVNC!
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Jonny-Jimbo
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This is also meant to be the last Spitfire...



62 Vitesse 1600 - Slammed & modified
67 2000 - Fitted with 2.5 o/d - 2012 RBRR, 2015 Essex Rally, 2016 HCR, 2016 RBRR
67 2000 Estate - Dormant
70 Herald 13/60 - First car, many bits
77 CZ 125 Sport - 70 miles on the clock
77 Kawasaki KM90 - Shop hack
81 Yamaha DT125 - Many bits
88 Ginetta G4/4 - Dead
88 BMW E30 320i - For Sale
89 Citroen AX GT - Rally car!
90 BMW E30 318iS - Building to FIA spec
90 Mazda Eunos 1.6 - 'Popeye'
93 BMW 530i - Donor
95 BMW E34 540i - 4L V8
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thescrapman
February 13, 2017, 3:47pm Report to Moderator

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Quoted from JohnD

Why? There is another Herald on the line behind it!


If there is, it is probably one going round for rework after failing QC on way out.


Schadenfreude expert and collector of assorted rusty Triumphs on the Essex/Suffolk Border.

2010, 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2016 CT Navigators Championship winner.

10CR 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011 2013 - RBRR 1990, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016 - Nachtrit 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012 - Chinese rally 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 - HCR 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013 (3rd place), 2014. 2015, 2017

On the road.
1968 Spitfire Mk3 : 1973 TR6 : 1967 Herald 1200 Estate 1970 : 1968 Mk1 2.5PI 1968
Off the road
1967 Moss Monaco (Mk1 GT6 based) : 1970 Spitfire Mk4 : 1970 Mk2 2000 auto  : 1964 Mk1 2000  : Mk2 2.5PI
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RobPearce
February 13, 2017, 5:07pm Report to Moderator

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Quoted from marktheherald
Why? There is another Herald on the line behind it!
Looks more like a GT6 to me...

The one immediately behind is definitely a GT6. I can't see any other Heralds in the photo.


Current fleet
1967 Vitesse 2L conv "Tessa"
1970 Spitfire Mk3 (project) "Toby"
1972 GT6 Mk3
Not enough time or space
Recently sold:
1972 2.5 PI estate "Harry" (gone to russell on here)
1973 Toledo 2-door "Spike" (gone to a club official)
Used to have:
1968 Vitesse 2L saloon
1980 Dolomite 1500
1977 Dolomite 1850
1980 Dolomite Sprint
1982 TR7 DHC Sprint
1975 2500S saloon
1971 Herald 13/60 Estate (with 1500 Spit engine)
1975 Stag
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IIRC, there was a left hand drive Spitfire found in France a few years ago, with signatures of the Triumph employees on the inside of the door panel, and stating that it was last off the line. So which WAS the last Spitfire?
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Jonny-Jimbo
February 15, 2017, 3:56pm Report to Moderator

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That would be very easy to forge though...


62 Vitesse 1600 - Slammed & modified
67 2000 - Fitted with 2.5 o/d - 2012 RBRR, 2015 Essex Rally, 2016 HCR, 2016 RBRR
67 2000 Estate - Dormant
70 Herald 13/60 - First car, many bits
77 CZ 125 Sport - 70 miles on the clock
77 Kawasaki KM90 - Shop hack
81 Yamaha DT125 - Many bits
88 Ginetta G4/4 - Dead
88 BMW E30 320i - For Sale
89 Citroen AX GT - Rally car!
90 BMW E30 318iS - Building to FIA spec
90 Mazda Eunos 1.6 - 'Popeye'
93 BMW 530i - Donor
95 BMW E34 540i - 4L V8
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Hogie
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Hi RallySpit,
             when I took my 4A apart for a rebuild I found that inside the back panel of both seats they were signed  'Compliments Bill Kenny'
I later found the son (pub manager in Guilford) of one of his work mates  and he said that Bill was the upholstery foreman.

It must have been a popular past time.

Roger


TR4A 1967 daily(ish) driver
TR41962  having surgery at present
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JohnD
February 15, 2017, 6:26pm Report to Moderator


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Quoted from Rallyspit
IIRC, there was a left hand drive Spitfire found in France a few years ago, with signatures of the Triumph employees on the inside of the door panel, and stating that it was last off the line. So which WAS the last Spitfire?


Yes, I found it.
In the proud hands of a Parisian.  LHD, of course
I then found another, RHD, in North Wales, in the hands of a proud Welsh couple.
Both were marked inside the door cards, "The Last Spitfire" with a date in late August 1980
I traced one of the signatories, but after so long he could remember little of that day.    He did tell me, and this has been confirmed by Triumph authorities, that quality control didn't happen until the car left the line. Cars with significant defects were reinserted into the line just before the appropriate shop, so would have been AFTER a car with a higher VIN, eg the car at Gaydon.   I've seen pictures, I think here, of the line, with a car off it, apparently ready to be inserted in this way

I published my research in the Courier, and was contacted by a retired line manager at Canley.  He told me that his team warned him that the Last Spitfire was due that day, but he knew that Triumph  BL  had not arranged for any ceremony.  So he rand the Factory Photographic Dept. and took his office staff down to the end of the line to see the event.  This the pic the photographer took;  the man at the pillar is my informant.


My copy is a scan of a photocopy, but you can see  two things:
1/ it is not reversed - the notice on the pillar is the right way around.
2/ IT'S A LEFT HAND DRIVE!

On the original B&W photocopy, the paint is pale, not the orange of the Gaydon car, as if that mattered as that is RHD.

I've never seen a Spitfire for sale, said to be the Last Spitfire, so maybe they are lost, or else still owned by the people I met.
I've also written about this before, and asked owners of late, very late Spitfires to look inside their doors, but no one has ever come back to me.

Gaydon refuse to even consider this evidence, of course.

John



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Serial Vitesse racer.

Old Blue.  1995-2001
Silverback. 2001-2007
SofS. 2007 - to date.

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